The assembly of the faithful, the people in the pews is, above all other musical organizations, the principal choir of the parish and is the primary means that all parishioners can participate in the music of the Liturgy.
Our Roman Catholic Church is steeped in a rich and noble sacred music tradition of nearly two thousand years. From the very beginning of the Church, the faithful sang the praises of God in their worship. Even on the last night of Jesus’ earthly life, he and his disciples went to the Mount of Olives, singing hymns of praise. (Matthew 26:30)
When we celebrate the Mass, we are called to join our voices with the heavenly choirs of angels singing, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” We become part of the universal and Divine Liturgy of praise and thanksgiving. Our “music making” is directed to God and is always an offering of our best gifts and talents.
Combined English Choir :
The Combined English Choir is open to anyone of high school age or above who is interested in singing in praise to God. The ability to read music, while helpful, is not required. The Combined English Choir rehearses weekly from September through May on Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm, and sings at the 10:30 am Sunday liturgies. The Combined English Choir also sings at the liturgies of Christmas, Holy Week and Easter.
The Combined English Choir is currently comprised of approximately twenty singers, ranging from high school students through retirees. For further information, please contact the Director of Music at email@example.com.
The Handbell Choir is open to anyone of high‑school age or above. The ability to read music is very helpful. The Handbell Choir rehearses weekly from late September through Easter. The Handbell Choir rings periodically throughout the year and assists at the liturgies of Christmas and Easter. Saint Joseph Church has three and one half octaves of Schulmerich hand bells.
The Hand bell Choir is currently comprised of twelve ringers. For further information, please contact the Director of Music at firstname.lastname@example.org.